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Re opening to Year 6 Pupils from 8th June - Information for Parents

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Re opening to Reception Pupils from 15th June - Information for Parents

Re opening to Nursery Pupils from 22nd June - Information for Parents

2nd June 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Re: Pupils attending education – what happens if they become unwell

 

We are pleased to be welcoming your child back to school from Monday 8th June.

 

Due to low numbers, we have only planned to open in the morning. Children will be allocated to ‘bubbles’ which will include: their class peers, their teacher and their teaching assistant.  No ‘bubble’ will have more than 15 children.  More detail regarding arrangements for each Year Group will be emailed to you by Wednesday from the following Deputy Headteachers:

  • Mrs Buchner for Nursery and Reception                abuchner@gascoigne.co.uk
  • Ms Stainsby for Year 1                                               rstainsby@gascoigne.co.uk
  • Mr Fox for Year 6                                                         jfox@gascoigne.co.uk

 

At Gascoigne Primary, we take the safeguarding of pupils and staff very seriously and have written a very detailed and thorough Risk Assessment which will be reviewed daily in light of new guidance/actions needed.  We will be posting a Safety Agreement around each site and ask that you respect and adhere to this so that staff, parents and children feel safe.  We also anticipate that children will get very excited when they see their teachers after this length of time and may want to give them a hug, it would be helpful if you would explain before the children arrive at school, why they mustn’t do this.  Social distancing is a very difficult concept for younger children to understand and we all need to work together to help children learn that this is a short term measure to slow down the spread of the virus. We want the children to know that the teachers still care very much about them.

 

If your child falls ill during the school day, a first aider will look after them and you will be called as per school procedure.  Please come to the school office to collect your child.

 

If your child has a high temperature or any other symptom of Covid-19, they will be isolated from the remainder of the class until you arrive to collect them.  They will continue to be supervised but will wait in a designated room which will be the small meeting room at the front of the school on both sites. Please then follow this guidance:

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance Please keep them home for 7 days; they may return sooner if they have a negative Covid-19 test result.

 

If your child has a confirmed case of Covid-19, it is essential that you notify the school immediately, as their whole ‘bubble’, including children and staff, will need to self-isolate for 14 days. If there is a confirmed case in your child’s ‘bubble’, you will be notified immediately and your family will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Parents will receive a slip which will state:  Your child exhibited the following symptoms today………………………….In line with government guidance, please ensure that he/she takes a coronavirus test (we can arrange). Until a test is taken, please keep your child at home for 7 days unless they have had a negative test result back sooner. Tests should be taken within 5 days of onset of symptoms.

 

There will be a register taken of children as they come onto the site, so anyone with symptoms will not be permitted to enter, and parents will be contacted immediately.

 

Please be assured that despite the unprecedented changes to the education system at this time, we still intend to provide the best care, guidance and support to your child as we would under normal circumstances.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Jo Preston

 

18th May 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Re: Reopening of School for Year 6 Parents – change of start date – 8th June

 

I hope you are all safe and well.

 

Following my letter dated Wednesday 13th May, I have had a number of meetings with colleagues including PACE Headteachers, regarding a transition plan for the reopening of school.

 

We believe that it is in the best interests of the staff and children, if staff are given an additional week to prepare and to make sure the site is safe before children attend, including providing staff with much needed training.

 

Therefore, Year 6 pupils will return a week later than planned – Monday 8th June; more details regarding the session your child will attend will follow.

 

Transition Plan:

  • Week beginning 1st June – Staff Training / Environmental Preparations
  • Week beginning 8th June – Year 6 (The Shaftesburys) / Year 1 (Gascoigne Road)
  • Week beginning 15th June – Reception (Gascoigne Road)
  • Week beginning 22nd June – Nursery (The Shaftesburys)

 

I can speak on behalf of all colleagues here at Gascoigne, when I say we are truly looking forward to seeing the children.

 

Please continue to stay safe.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Ms Preston

Date: 13th May 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Re: Reopening of School to Provide Education to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 Pupils Only

 

Our Governors, staff and I continue to wish you, your families and friends the very best of health and hope this letter finds you safe and well.

I apologise in advance for the length of this letter but wanted to give you as much information as possible, so you can make an informed decision as to the next steps for your child.

No doubt, you will have many questions which have arisen from the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday, that the school should open for some year groups: Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. My Senior Team and the PACE Headteachers I work with within our Trust, are in the process of mapping this transition out, so that we maintain high levels of social distancing and routines which will ensure that we keep our children and staff safe during this time and whilst on site.

Please note that this is deemed ‘education’ and not childcare – our childcare provision for children of key workers and our vulnerable pupils will remain open as normal.

Our initial plan consists of a phased approach starting with our older children as we believe that they should maximise the time left in their primary education to prepare them for their transition to secondary school.  The following week we will phase in Year 1 pupils, followed by Reception and then Nursery, please see timeline below.

Week beginning:

  • 1st June – Year 6 (Half days only)
  • 8th June – Year 1 (Half days only)
  • 15th June – Reception (Half days only)
  • 22nd June – Nursery (Half days only)

Children, within each class, will be split into two groups: AM and PM; we aim to arrange a packed lunch for the children in the morning to take home and a packed lunch for the afternoon children to have on arrival. More detail will be made available to you as we finalise it.

 

Actions taken so far by staff:

  • Risk Assessment currently being refreshed by Designated Safeguarding Leads responding to latest guidance from the Government, Department for Education and the Local Authority.
  • Started outlining the initial plan for transition back with senior leaders, again referring to latest guidance from the Government, Department for Education and the Local Authority.
  • Meeting scheduled with Year Group Leaders of the Year Groups due to return, to plan the provision for the children and the routines which will ensure all are safe whilst on site.

I understand that many of you will be anxious about sending your children back to school when there are still many uncertainties around the science and the meeting of the five tests the government have outlined. Please know that we will make decisions based on what is best for the children and staff and their safety; this will be at the centre of every decision we make.

Senior Leaders have anticipated some questions you may have as parents and have compile a FAQs Sheet for your to refer to.

Welcome back to Gascoigne Primary School – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How will Gascoigne help to keep children safe?

The safety of our staff and children is our utmost priority.  As we welcome children back, we will keep class sizes to 15 children and children will come to school for half of the day to start with, across the two school sites. Pupils will play in specified zones and will hand wash regularly.  Children will have time to play and learn outside.  Staff will teach good hygiene daily.  No one with symptoms should attend school.  Our building will be cleaned regularly and there will be risk assessments in place.

 

How will Gascoigne help to keep staff safe?

We have been in regular contact with our staff throughout this period and will continue to do so, especially for our staff who are vulnerable, shielding or pregnant. Staff can now request a Covid-19 test.  Staff rooms are spacious and hand washing and cleaning equipment will be available.

 

How will Gascoigne help to keep families safe?

We will update our drop off and collection procedure so you do not need to be in a large group of people.  We will call you immediately if your child is unwell.  We will continue to send out government updates and regular school updates to keep you informed.

 

Will the current childcare provision for key worker and vulnerable pupils carry on?

Yes, this will continue.

 

Will PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) be used?

Government guidance of 11th May 2020 states “Schools and other education and childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings.”  This will be reviewed in accordance with government advice.  There will be a stock of PPE for a small number of cases when it may be needed.

 

Has the school building been cleaned?

Cleaners are in the school daily.

 

Will my child be sharing equipment in school?

Pupils will have their own pack of equipment such as pencils and ruler.  Cleaning equipment will be available inside and outside and items not necessary will be removed from classrooms.

 

Will social distancing happen in school?

Everyone will be requested to observe the 2-metre distance.  Classrooms will be rearranged to make this easier and fewer pupils will play over larger spaces at playtimes.

 

Will my child have lessons again when school starts?

Yes. We will also include lessons about well-being in order to support pupil’s mental health after this period.

 

What if my child wants to stay at home longer?

We would advise you to talk with your child to understand their concerns and to reassure them that staff are working hard to make school a safe place to be.  You can contact our Learning Mentors and Nurture Team, as well as senior staff if you would like a member of staff to speak with your child.

 

What if my child is ill in school?

If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature, they will be sent home and advised to follow the government’s guidance for households.  Whilst waiting in school, they will have a comfortable place to wait, at a safe distance from others.

 

What would happen if a child or staff member tested positive for Covid-19?

Staff who display symptoms have access to the Covid-19 test.  When school opens, if your child is eligible to attend, we understand that they will have access to testing through 111 if they show symptoms.  If a test is positive, the rest of their class/group will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with government advice.

 

Will I be fined if my child does not go to school this term?

Current government advice states parents will not be fined at this time.

 

What if my child has underlying health concerns?

Parents should follow medical advice if their child falls into this category.

 

What if someone we live with has underlying health conditions?

Government guidance of 11th May 2020 states “If a child, young person or member of staff lives with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) including those who are pregnant, they can attend their education or childcare setting.”  Senior staff can discuss your child’s needs and individual cases with you.

 

What if my child has got behind in their learning?

We know that families have worked hard to keep children’s learning going during the closure and we thank you for your work.  Teachers will be sensitive to the period your child has been through and will assess their next steps on return to school.  Please reassure your child that school staff are ready to help.

 

What if I do not feel comfortable sending my child back to school?

We will follow the government and Local Authority guidance on opening school to help you feel reassured.  Please speak with senior staff if you have concerns that we may not have addressed.

 

What if I have a question, comment or advice about returning to school?

Please contact a Deputy Headteacher:

Mrs Buchner -  abuchner@gascoigne.co.uk

Mr.Fox -  jfox@gascoigne.co.uk

Miss Stainsby RStainsby@gascoigne.co.uk

 

Following on from advice from the Department for Education and the Local Authority, our Senior Leadership Team has been working to put our plans in place and to clarify what the Government’s announcements mean for our school, for our children and for you in the future.

We are considering, as part of the phased return to school, for pupils in Year 6, Year 1, Reception and Nursery to attend school for half a day initially. This will help us to put in place social distancing measures more effectively, by ensuring that groups in school are no larger than 15 children per class. Nursery children can attend as per their current arrangement – we will review numbers of children attending in the Nursery. Parents of Nursery children attending full time may choose whether they would like their child to attend in the morning or afternoon.

Your feedback and views are particularly important to us and will guide us with our planning and preparation; we therefore ask that you complete our quick survey below:

 

  1. My child/ren in the Nursery, Reception Year 1 and Year 6 is likely to attend school from the 1st of June 2020 onwards

         Yes                             No                               Undecided

 

  1. Please select one of the boxes below to indicate which session your child/children will attend. Please note that the morning session will be from 9:00 -11:45am and the afternoon session will be from 12:45-3:30pm.

         Yes                             No                               Undecided

                                                                                                          

We will always aim to grant your request for a specific session and will ensure that children from the same family attend the same sessions, but it may be necessary to ask you to take up another session if a session is heavily oversubscribed.

 

With kindest regards, please stay safe,

 

Miss Preston

(Headteacher)

Parents LBBD Self-Isolation Guide

Dear Parents,

 

Re: Signposted Information for Parents

 

We truly hope that you and your families are safe and well.  

As the lockdown continues, we understand the pressures this may cause; parents have contacted the school for various reasons and for support in a range of areas.  My colleagues are working tirelessly to find agencies who can provide the support requested by our families.

Please see signposted information below: 

 

Contact telephone numbers and useful links which you can use to support your own mental health:

HTT (Home Treatment Team)                                                            0300 555 1147

BDAABIT (B&D Access, Assessment & Brief Intervention Team – secondary MH Care)   0300 300 1570

Barking & Dagenham CRT (Community Recovery Team)                0300 555 1021

EIP (Early Intervention in psychosis)                                                 0300 555 1030

BPS (Becontree Psychotherapy Service)                                          0300 555 1014

Mental Health Social Care Enablement and Assessment Team      020 8227 3925

Mental Health Long Term. Move On & Review Team                      020 8227 5806

Mental Health Direct (24 hour line)                                                   0300 555 1000

Talking Therapies (IAPT)                                                                  0300 300 1554 (Option 3)

 

Support helplines & websites:

- Barking & Dagenham Assessment Team (BDDABIT) – contact if in crisis.  Telephone: 0300 300 1570 (option 3)

- Mental Health Direct Crisis Line (24 hour) - 0300 555 1000

- Time to Talk – lists a number of support organisations with their contact details https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-support

- Anxiety UK https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/   (03444 775774) They have lots of helpful hints and tips to keep yourself well during this time via this website link - https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

- Samaritans (116 123)  24 hours, 7 days a week Website: www.samaritans.org

 

MIND

They have some helpful tips to help to plan to keep yourself well/entertained during this time.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ 

 

SANE

We are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.Our helpline is here to support you when you feel you have reached a moment of crisis. We know that moment of crisis is different for everybody – some people can reach that point daily, and for some people it is a rare occurrence.

http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support

 

Mental Health Foundation

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html

https://mentalhealthrecovery.com/info-center/developing-a-wellness-toolbox/

https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/blog/centre-mental-health-blog/managing-anxiety-disorder-coronavirus?utm_source=Centre+for+Mental+Health+E-bulletin&utm_campaign=dc38575011-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_SPRING_MARCH%2FAPRIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1b1a504c55-dc38575011-212069165&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_SPRING_MARCH/APRIL)

https://www.good-thinking.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzone-mental-wellbeing-audio-guides/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/

 

Domestic Abuse https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/domestic-abuse-and-sexual-violence

 

Community Food Club https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/news/councils-community-food-clubs-now-offering-a-free-service-during-the-covid-crisis

 

Money and Debt https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/money-and-debt

 

BD Can https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/let-us-know-if-you-need-help-or-support


Please contact the school should you need any further support or information.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Ms Joanne Preston

Dear Parents, 

You will have received this information by Parent Mail; so that you may refer back to any correspondence - please see below.

 

23rd March 2020

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Information to cascade to parents and carers

From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

  • children of critical workers
  • vulnerable children

We have published guidance for parents and carers:

Critical workers

If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.

The Government has published a list of critical workers:

Please cascade the above information to parents and carers where possible.

Attendance reporting for educational settings to start from Monday 23 March

From Monday 23 March, educational settings should complete a short form to notify the Department for Education about their status regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

The form will ask you to confirm whether your setting is open and, if so, provide information about numbers of pupils and staff attending. It will take you less than 2 minutes to complete. You should submit it by noon of each weekday.

Your data will help us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively. It will also help the Government monitor the impact of the virus.

You will need a ‘DfE sign-in’ account to access the form. We are writing separately to DfE Sign-in approvers in all education settings to help you with this.

We will send more information about recording attendance and completing the form tomorrow.

Further details on exams and grades announced

New details regarding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on summer exams has been released.

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible.

Find details on the impact on summer exams here:

More information will be provided as soon as possible.

Funding to support schools

To ensure schools can continue to pay their staff and meet other financial commitments, schools will continue to receive their budgets for the coming year regardless of any periods of partial or complete closure.

We will put in place a new process that allows us to reimburse schools for exceptional costs that they face as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Details of the scheme will be published in the coming days.

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

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19th March 2020

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

Further details on this announcement can be found here:

The Department is working through the policy implications of this announcement and, over the coming days, will be sharing with you the further information that you need.

 

Update on assessments and examinations 

Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.

 

New free school meals guidance

We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.

Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.

Full guidance can be found here:

 

Update on school funding

We will put in place new measures, to reimburse schools for reasonable, additional costs that they face in order to stay safely staffed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Funding for all schools and colleges (including maintained and academy special schools, non-maintained special schools, independent special schools, pupil referral units, general further education colleges and special post-16 institutions), whether from local or central government, will be maintained and not reduced because many pupils are not in attendance (either because of self-isolation, or where the institution has closed). This includes top-up funding in respect of individual children and young people, which will still be needed by the school to keep their staff in employment.

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

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19th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Re: Temporary School Closure - Home Learning

 

We hope that this finds you well during these challenging times. 

  

As you know, the school will be closed from Monday 23rd March to the majority of pupils. Vulnerable children, and children of parents who are key workers (and who have no alternative childcare arrangements) may still attend.  We are determined to provide as much support as possible to our wonderful school community throughout the closure period.  

  

We are deeply committed to maintaining your child’s education despite the school closure. This email will explain how we will do that, and the expectations that we will have of your children during the closure period. 

  

We appreciate that helping your child to maintain their education will be challenging, and we are here to support you throughout the process. Our Gascoigne Senior Leadership Team and our Year Group Leaders are available via email to help (please see emails at the bottom of the page).  

 

It is very important that as far as possible, a good daily routine is established for your children. This should include: 

  • Getting up at the normal time 

  • Eating a healthy breakfast 

  • Maintaining a “school day” routine 

  • Completing all home learning tasks set (see below) 

  • Reading for 30 minutes per day 

  • Getting plenty of exercise 

  • Limiting screen time 

  • Going to bed at a reasonable time 

  

If you have home internet access, then all home learning will be communicated via the Gascoigne Primary School website Year Group pages. 

  

To start with, there will be a daily PSHE activity, focussing on helping our pupils to make a positive contribution to society during this difficult period. This will be sent to all parents by text or email. 

 

Following this, there are three main expectations for pupils’ learning: 

  

1.Daily timetable of subject activities 

  

Each day, every child in Years 1-6 will receive learning tasks, via the website for the following subjects (Information regarding EYFS will be sent out separately): 

  • Reading Comprehension 

  • Writing 

  • Spelling and Grammar 

  • Maths 

  • Physical Education 

  • “Foundation” subject (Science, Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology or Computing)   

These tasks will be updated daily by class teachers, and can be found on the Year Group pages: 

Year 1 – 6 website page links: 

https://www.gascoigneprimaryschool.co.uk/year-group-pages/ 

  

2. Special Subject Area Activities  

  

Our subject leaders will be updating their website pages on a regular basis with special activities and challenges for any pupils. 

These can be found here: https://www.gascoigneprimaryschool.co.uk/topic/curriculum 

  

3. Ongoing activities: 

  

  • Home Reading (30mins per day) 

  

  • As usual, your child can also continue to access the following online platforms: 

Bug Club 

MyMaths 

TT Rockstars 

  

Year group staff will be maintaining contact with pupils’ learning through a 9:00am and 3:00pm blog, which will be available on their year group pages, preparing pupils for, and reflecting on, their learning that day. 

  

Most of the activities posted online should be completed in pupils’ home learning books. Others may be completed online.   

  

If you have any concerns about home learning for your child during the closure, then please do not hesitate to email your child’s Year Group Leader (see email addresses below).  

  

Year Group Lead – Year 1     ecoffie@gascoigne.co.uk 

Year Group Lead – Year 2     cshermin@gascoigne.co.uk 

Year Group Lead – Year 3     mhollingsworth@gascoigne.co.uk 

Year Group Lead – Year 4     nradcliffe@gascoigne.co.uk 

Year Group Lead – Year 5     rbhudia@gascoigne.co.uk 

Year Group Lead – Year 6     sberry@gascoigne.co.uk 

 

We know that during the next few weeks we will face great challenges. We are confident that our school community will pull together to help our pupils to get through these difficult times, while maintaining a good standard of education. 

  

With all our best wishes, 

 

The Senior Leadership Team 

(Gascoigne Primary) 

Date: 19th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

Re: Coronavirus-School Closure-Vulnerable Children

Many of you would have been made aware of the latest government announcement that schools in the UK will close from the end of the day this Friday (20th March).

At Gascoigne Primary, we pride ourselves on the fact that we go over and beyond for our pupils and their families.  It has been recognised by the Government, that school should remain open for vulnerable children, this will include high needs/EHCP SEND pupils, those with Social Workers and those whose situation makes them vulnerable for other reasons. 

Therefore, Gascoigne Primary will start planning to provide a two week block of childcare for only those pupils listed above and children of key workers as listed in other correspondence. Once this is arranged, we will make contact with you, by telephone, to notify you of a start date.

If you have not heard from the school by Friday, but believe this applies to your child, please email jpreston@gascoigne.co.uk.

Please do contact me if you need to discuss this further.

 

With kindest regards,

 

Ms Preston

Headteacher

19th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

Re: Coronavirus-School Closure-Key Workers

Many of you would have been made aware of the latest government announcement that schools in the UK will close from the end of the day this Friday (20th March).

I understand that many of our parents are in employment which is considered as a frontline/key worker position; it is important that these parents are supported and that there remains some childcare to enable these parents to remain at work and carry out their very important roles. The published list of Key Worker roles is as follows:

We have not yet received this information and will email an updated letter once this information is made available. If you are already aware that you are classified a key worker then please complete and email form below.

As it stands currently, the school does not hold the information of who these parents are and I would therefore kindly ask, that if you require childcare, please copy and paste the slip at the bottom of the letter and email to  jpreston@gascoigne.co.uk

We aim to provide childcare provision for the next two weeks and will review after the Easter break. This will run during normal school hours from 9am until 3:15pm; this will be on the Gascoigne Road site only; however, we may need to withdraw this provision should staff ratios decrease and present safeguarding concerns.

There will be hot meals cooked on site and provided to the children as per normal arrangements; there may be further information regarding this to follow.

There will be a mixture of creative, learning and physical activities and children will be grouped in mixed year groups.

If your child is accessing this childcare arrangement and they are unable to attend then report your child’s absence by emailing Mrs Whitlock twhitlock@gascoigne.co.uk

 

With kindest regards,

 

Ms Preston

Headteacher

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Parent’s Name:

Key Worker Role:

Place of Work:

Child(ren)’s Name(s) / Class:

1)

2)

3)

4)

Child Care required (please highlight when it is required):

Mon AM / PM     Tues AM / PM     Weds AM / PM     Thurs AM / PM           Fri AM / PM

Packed Lunch    /     School Dinner

Please wait for confirmation from a member of staff before sending your child to school. 

18th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

RE: Social Media Post 17.03.20

 

Just to keep you informed……I have just spoken with the parent of the child who the social media post relates to, the child is at home being cared for and in line with the guidance from DfE and PHE.  The parent informed me that their child has not undergone any test and this is not a confirmed case – the advice was taken from NHS 111.  Obviously, she is very concerned for her child and I have passed on our best wishes to the child and family.

 

Please may I ask that you consider the impact of messages shared on social media and the impact on the community especially during this challenging time.

 

With best wishes,

 

Ms Preston

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18th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Re: Covid-19

 

I remain impressed by your resilience and for remaining supportive of each other at this challenging time. In the case of any unknown situation – anxieties increase very quickly and it is important that we recognise the stresses in each other and support accordingly.

 

On behalf of the governors and myself, our thoughts are with any member of our community affected by this situation and will remain dedicated in ensuring we provide the best care and support that we can. 

 

The office informed me yesterday evening that a parent had called to say that her child had a confirmed case of Covid-19; I immediately contacted our Director of Public Health who was unaware of any confirmed case linked to the school and gave the following advice:

  • Cases will only be confirmed if they are acute and require hospitalisation;
  • When NHS 111 is called by a member of the public, citing symptoms – they will be advised to self-isolate, this is often taken by the individual as ‘confirmed’ Covid-19;
  • That the school should maintain the high levels of hygiene including hand hygiene that is has in place already;
  • That all individuals with underlying health conditions, which make them vulnerable should self-isolate, this includes adults and children;
  • That there is no need for any further action from the school in addition to following the updated guidance which is sent out daily.

 

The procedure is that Public Health England notify schools of any confirmed cases of Covid-19 and then advise accordingly; at the time of writing this letter - I have not yet been contacted to confirm any cases. However, should this change then parents and colleagues will be informed.

 

We continue to learn daily how to manage this situation so that the safeguarding of everyone is our main priority.  I thank those parents who have taken time to email me with concerns and actions which they feel the school should take, so please continue to email me should you need to or contact the office to arrange an appointment to speak with me.

 

Contact details:

Jo Preston (Headteacher) – jpreston@gascoigne.co.uk

Rahat Ismail (Co-Chair of Governing Body) – rahat.ismail@lbbd.gov.uk

Shahrukh Memon (Co-Chair of Governing Body) – smemon@gascoigne.co.uk

 

Thank you for your continued support as always.

 

Ms Preston

Headteacher

 

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18th March 2020

 

 

 

Funding for free childcare offers to continue in the event of coronavirus closures

 

Today the Chancellor has confirmed the Government will continue to pay for free early years entitlement places even if settings are closed on the advice of Public Health England or children are not able to attend due to coronavirus. We expect local authorities to follow the Department’s position, and to continue early entitlements funding for all childminders, schools and nurseries. We will not be asking for funding back from local authorities.

 

 The Government’s advice remains that childcare settings should stay open unless advised otherwise by Public Health England, and today’s announcement should help settings to continue to do so. This will minimise both longer-term disruption to parents and any income losses that providers may otherwise experience.

 

The full statement can be found here:

 

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17th March 2020

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

 

Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections

Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.

The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.

The full announcement made by Gavin Williamson can be viewed here:

 

Updated guidance on recording school pupil absences

No school will be penalised for the impact on school attendance of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please record absences as follows:

  • Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as would normally happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.
  • Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
  • Where a pupil does not attend school and is not self-isolating, the pupil will be marked as absent. We back headteachers’ judgement and to be pragmatic – having spoken to parents – on whether to authorise such absence, taking into account individual circumstances. We expect, in particular, headteachers will authorise absence where a pupil is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

 

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17th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

I understand how anxious you are at this uncertain time; all I can do is advise you to follow the guidance below.  Please continue to email me any concerns you have: jpreston@gascoigne.co.uk

 

Please see below update from Matthew Cole Director of Public Health

 

The guidance for schools is to stay open remains the same unless advised otherwise.  However, guidance has changed in relation to households with possible coronavirus infection:

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

 

The key messages are:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information

My interpretation is for those already self-isolating for 7 days (staff and pupils) if they have no symptoms can return after 7 days but not before.  If any person they live with has symptoms they can’t return until that individual has completed 14 days isolation

 

Pregnancy

My understanding is pregnant women in their third trimester is most at risk. However, as a precaution, they are advising all pregnant to be included as vulnerable.

Therefore, pregnant teachers should self-isolate and work from home. 

 

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

  1. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Jo Preston

 

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16th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

I am writing to update you on the situation regarding the current phase of the Coronavirus action plan. Please be assured that we are doing everything we are being advised to do within the guidance issued by the DfE.

Please see risk assessment below; do let me know if there is anything which you feel should be added in order to increase our awareness of actions needed during this time; you may email me directly: jpreston@gascoigne.co.uk

 

Teachers will go through the following with children:

 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

 

Don't

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

People

All Staff and Pupils

Location

Gascoigne Primary School

Assessor(s)

Jo Preston (Headteacher)

Date

16.03.2020

 

 

Area of Work/ Task/Hazard

Risk(s)

Control Measures

Review date

Absence

Potential spread of germs

Public health guidance is that anyone with a cough or fever/high temperature should self-isolate for 7 days.

 

Ongoing until advice changes

 

Cleanliness of high impact surfaces and areas

 

Potential spread of germs

Our cleaners are ensuring high contact surfaces and areas are cleaned thoroughly with their antibacterial cleaner, surfaces such as door handles, locks, toilet cubicles and surfaces.

Ongoing

 

Hand hygiene and ‘catch it; bin it; kill it’

 

 

Potential spread of germs

All staff and children to wash hands regularly observing ’20 second’ campaign advice. Key opportunities in which to do this will be: on arrival, before eating and after using the toilet.

 

An afternoon breaktime at 2pm will give staff and pupils an opportunity to wash their hands. The morning playtime rota should apply in this instance so staff on duty will do two duties on this day.

 

There is a supply of antibacterial gel around school for in between washes – we are awaiting a new delivery of this.

 

All classrooms to have a box of tissues for children/staff to use.

Start of Summer term

 

Time spent in classrooms/ confined areas

 

Potential spread of germs

Teachers/Caretakers to ensure windows in all classrooms are opened in the mornings.

Children/teachers will be given an afternoon break to wash hands and get fresh air.

Start of Summer term

Overcrowded Events/Activities

Potential spread of germs

Rights Respecting assemblies cancelled.

Other large gatherings cancelled – please check with leaders.

Essential activity will go ahead but will be reviewed by SLT who will advise on a case by case basis.

Start of Summer term

Visitors to the school

Potential spread of germs

Reception staff should ask visitors to declare if they have arrived in the country/visited any hot spots within the last 14 days. If they declare they have, they should be asked to wait and the Headteacher should be informed immediately.

 

Communicating to parents

 

Parents have been emailed DfE advice as it has been received by the school to keep them informed.

Communication from the Headteacher has been sent out to parents.

This Risk Assessment will be shared with parents and they will be invited to add to it.

Ongoing

 

Yours sincerely,

Jo Preston
Headteacher

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13th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Please find below the daily update on Coronavirus.

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

 

Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.

The full guidance can be found here:

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

 

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

 

Kindest Regards

 

Jo Preston

Headteacher

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12th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Please see below a daily update on coronavirus.

 

your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Government coronavirus action plan The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan…

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
 

Government coronavirus action plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

 

Action plan recap

The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.

The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice to educational settings in England. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

 

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

 

Kind Regards

 

Miss Joanne Preston

Head Teacher

 
 

 

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12th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Please see below for an update on coronavirus

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

Government coronavirus action plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

 

Action plan recap

The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.

The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice to educational settings in England. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

 

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

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12th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please see below for an update on coronavirus

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO i…

 

 
 

 

Department for Education

 
 

 

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

 

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

· against all but essential travel to Italy

· against all travel to Hubei Province, in China

· against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China

· against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

 

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

 

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

 

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

 

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

· https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About School (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

 

Kind Regards

Gascoigne Primary Office

11th March 2020

 
 

 

Department for Education

 
 

 

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice

As of 10 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated advice about travel to Italy. The FCO is currently advising:

  • against all but essential travel to Italy
  • against all travel to Hubei Province, in China
  • against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China
  • against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of COVID-19.

The latest travel advice can be found here:

Updated advice for travellers returning from Italy

On 10 March, Public Health England updated its travel advice for travellers returning from Italy. The advice can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources:

Latest Department for Education information:

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About School (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

 

11th March 2020

 

 
 

 

Department for Education

 
 

 

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Government coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.

The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

The action plan can be found here:

Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

The importance of hygiene 

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.  

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water 

In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. 

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at: 

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available. 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources

Latest Department for Education information:

Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About School (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

 

9th March 2020

 

 
 

 

Department for Education

 
 

 

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources

Latest Department for Education information:

 

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6th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Please see an update on the Coronavirus from Ms Preston attached.

 

Best wishes,

 

Gascoigne Primary School

5th March 2020

 

 
 

 

Department for Education

 
 

 

 

 

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Government Coronavirus action plan

On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here:

Action plan overview

The action plan sets out a four phased approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.

As there are already cases in the UK, the current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.

The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those we are planning to implement.

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Latest Department for Education information:

 

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4th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Please see the letter attached from Ms Preston about the Coronavirus.

 

Best wishes,

 

Gascoigne Primary School

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3rd March 2020

 

Dear Parent / Carers

Please see details / information below.

 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Yesterday, we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

· No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

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26th February 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer

 

I wanted to ensure that you were aware of the latest guidance regarding people who have returned from specific areas of Northern Italy since February 19, as this has been updated today:

 

If since 19 February you have returned from the following specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy (see map) – as of 25/02/2020 @1430 these are 10 towns in the Lombardy Region (Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione d’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia and Terranova dei Passerini) and 1 town in the Veneto Region (Vo) – you should immediately self-isolate and not attend school, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel.

 

If since 19 February you have returned from other areas in Northern Italy not specified above (see map), you do not need to undertake any special measures, but you should monitor yourself for symptoms. If you are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, even if symptoms are mild, you should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 immediately, informing them of your recent travel.

 

The Guidance for Educational Settings has clear advice about coronavirus and actions to take if there is a suspected case in an education setting. It does not yet include today’s updates to returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK, but I am sure this will be added as soon as possible by the guidance team. As per this guidance, children and young people should be advised to tell a member of staff if they feel unwell. People who become unwell should be advised not to go to their GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital. Instead, they should contact NHS 111 (of 999 in an emergency) explaining which country/area they have returned from.

 

If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or educational setting, no restrictions or special control measures are required while laboratory test results for COVID-19 are awaited. There is no need to close the setting or send other learners or staff home. As a precautionary measure, the NHS are currently testing a very large number of people who have travelled back from affected countries, the vast majority of whom test negative. Therefore, until the outcome of test results is known there is no action that staff members or students need to take. Once the results arrive, those who test negative for COVID-19 will be advised individually about return to education. If there is a confirmed case, the educational establishment will be contacted by their local PHE Health Protection Team who will work with you to undertake a risk assessment of the setting.

 

I hope this is useful advice

 

Kind Regards

 

Joanne Preston

Head Teacher

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12th February 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Please see the below guidance from the Department for Education

 

 

 

The government is monitoring Coronavirus and taking action at home and abroad. The risk to individuals remains low.

Please share the guidance below with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

Please display the updated posters in relevant public spaces:

 

Advice to those who have travelled recently

Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

 

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

 

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

 

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • Elsewhere in China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

 

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

 

Encouraging good hygiene

As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Public Health England blog:

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4th February 2020

 

Dear Parent / Carers

Please see information below.

 

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

 

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

 

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

 

Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

For further information please see links below.

https://twitter.com/DHSCgovuk/status/1223888531262726144

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